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Travel (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

    02/22/2017 9:07:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 39 replies
    A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile. On his way through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside....
  • My Sexual Assault By The TSA

    02/20/2017 3:05:56 PM PST · by WXRGina · 309 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 20, 2017 | Gina Miller
    It was an excellent week-long trip my husband Keith and I took to Arizona to take the 250 Pistol Class from Gunsite Academy. The week ended, and it was time for us to fly back home this past Saturday, February 18th. While I have gone through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regional airport checkpoints since its spawning after 9-11, I had not yet gone through a TSA checkpoint at a major airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a major airport, and on Saturday, I was immersed there in one of those TSA "horror stories" about which I had previously only...
  • The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal

    02/20/2017 9:38:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | February 20, 2017 | Brendan O'Neill
    This afternoon, across Britain, the most pro-establishment demo of modern times will take place. Sure, the Stop Trump protesters gathering outside Parliament and elsewhere will look and sound rad. They’ll chant and rage and blow whistles and hold up placards with Trump done up like a tangerine Hitler. But don’t be fooled. These people are the militant wing of the old establishment. They’re radicals for the old status quo, pining for the pre-Brexit, pre-Trump era when their kind ruled and ordinary people knew their place. The aim of the Stop Trump gatherings is to encourage MPs to deny Trump a...
  • Nevada official says Tesla Gigafactory has over 1,000 workers and hiring 150-200 more each month

    02/19/2017 5:19:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Teslarati ^ | February 19, 2017 | Carolyn Fortuna
    Head of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development says Tesla has hired more than 1,000 workers at its Gigafactory plant outside of Reno, and on pace to increase hiring by another 150 to 200 workers each month. Executive Director Steve Hill told the Senate Finance Committee last week during a budget review meeting that the California-based electric carmaker and energy company is ramping up hiring and expects the factory to have 3,200 workers by March 2018. “They’re hiring 150 to 200 more every month,” says Hill. News of Tesla’s workforce expansion comes on the heels of an independent audit...
  • 13 pounds of horse genitals concealed in woman's luggage

    02/17/2017 4:59:43 AM PST · by tekrat · 40 replies
    ABC 2 - Baltimore ^ | 2/16/2017 | Jeff Herman
    Customs agents have seen all sorts of things come through travelers' baggage. And what they seized from two women at Washington Dulles International Airport last month may take the cake. On January 29, two women arrived from Mongolia. Customs and Border Protection officers sent them for a routine agriculture examination. What was found inside might turn your stomach. The women had a combined 42 pounds of horsemeat concealed inside juice boxes. That includes 13 pounds of horse genitals that one of the women claimed were for medicinal purposes.
  • Logan Airport Workers Fear Deportation (Aliens working in airports?)

    02/15/2017 7:55:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | February 15, 2017 | Christina Hager
    BOSTON (CBS) – An immigrant worker at Logan Airport says his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen was stolen. In January he received a notice in the mail inviting him to a naturalization ceremony. He brought his mother. “This was like the end of it all. I was really proud. It was at the JFK library,” the employee said. The man spoke to WBZ-TV on the condition of anonymity because of what happened next. “They check this list and realize my name is not on there and they’re like, ‘You’re going to have to leave. Somebody’s going to have to...
  • Closing This One Loophole Could End The Road Toll Debate Right Now

    02/15/2017 8:34:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Paul de Jong
    As cities across Ontario finalize their budgets and try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage. The heated debate over road tolls in Toronto has distracted from a far simpler way of saving for public transit expansion. Here it is: Change the way construction projects are tendered. Right now, Toronto and too many other municipalities including Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and the Region...
  • Melania Trump Announces White House Visitor Office Will Reopen

    02/14/2017 6:39:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    News 18 ^ | February 15, 2017 | CNN Wire
    The president gets to live there, but the White House actually belongs to the American people and starting March 7, they can start to take tours for the first time during Donald Trump's presidency. First lady Melania Trump said in a statement Tuesday she's looking forward to welcoming visitors. "I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year. The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history. I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation's most recognizable...
  • Travel from Countries Harboring Terrorists Should be Restricted

    02/14/2017 8:56:42 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/17 | Scott Powell
    Left’s theatres of political warfare—whether made-for-TV rent-a-mob demonstrations or stepped up legal battles behind courtroom doors President Trump has been working at breakneck speed since inauguration, and perhaps more care should have been exercised in drafting the executive order imposing a 90-day travel ban from seven designated countries known for lawlessness and harboring terrorists. Were it redrafted, the travel ban could stop the potential bad guys, but provide entry for existing green card holders and those with prior visa documentation. Nevertheless, the President had full and proper authority to issue such an order under the powers vested by the Constitution...
  • Will Interstellar Travel Ever Be Possible?

    02/12/2017 7:07:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 161 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | February 12, 2017
    The last man who walked on the moon has already passed away. Will there ever come a time when another person gets to be credited with the honor of walking on any part of the universe other than Earth? Space is the ultimate destination. And it’s been 30 years since that fateful moon walk which, sadly (and maybe disappointingly), has yet to be repeated. We’ve been hearing and constantly talking about going to Mars. But until now, it’s still just talk, though there are concrete plans on the way. To make the trip to Mars (or other planets or stars)...
  • Court Disallows Trump Effort to Block Dangerous Foreigners [semi-satire]

    02/10/2017 6:33:26 PM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court's blockage of President Donald Trump's Executive Order instituting temporary restraints on the entry of foreigners from seven countries currently embroiled in war and significant terrorist activity. Despite the existence of statutory authority enacted in 1952 expressly granting the president the power to issue such an Order, the Ninth Circuit judges ruled Trump's actions void on the grounds that it violated the Constitution's First Amendment clause barring the government from establishing a religion. The Court's decision honed in on the Executive Order's language calling for barring...
  • Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the Aviation Industry

    02/10/2017 2:38:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SAT Press Releases ^ | February 10, 2017
    State Dining Room 9:47 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for being here. Nothing like having meetings in the White House. Good place. Good place for meetings. Good place for a lot of things. People don’t realize I inherited a mess. A big mess. I think they know. I think they understand. Well, thank you all. I know so many of you through reading and through business magazines, and you’ve done an amazing job. And I want to congratulate you. I know you’re under pressure from a lot of foreign elements and foreign carriers. I’ve been hearing that a little...
  • Opponents, supporters of Trump’s travel ban hold dueling rallies at LAX (Los Angeles, Ca.)

    02/04/2017 10:29:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Daily News ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dana Bartholomew
    When protesters for and against President Donald Trump’s sweeping travel ban on visitors from seven mostly Muslim countries clashed at LAX a week ago, they nearly came to blows. Saturday’s continuation of the demonstrations, which included a formal “Make America Safe Again Rally” by Trump supporters, proved much less inflammatory. “I didn’t vote for Trump; I voted for the Constitution,” declared Matthew Woods, a 58-year-old artist who lives in Canoga Park, clutching three large American flags, not including one serving as a cape. “Our message: Make America safe again. “Our president has a right to limit immigration from any country...
  • Kenny to consider inviting Trump to Ireland

    02/03/2017 3:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | February 3, 2017 | Denis Staunton
    The Taoiseach has said he will consider inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland when he meets the US president in Washington during St Patrick’s week. Speaking in Malta, where he was attending an EU summit, Mr Kenny said he would not be deterred by any controversy such an invitation might arouse. “I’ll consider that when I go to Washington. I wouldn’t be afraid of any fallout from it. I will consider the question when I get there,” he said. “I’ve had quite a deal of controversy since the president extended his invitation to the traditional St Patrick’s week engagement with...
  • Small business CEO: Trump reminds me of a “NY version” of Reagan

    02/01/2017 2:22:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 1, 2017 | Melody Hahm
    Before Donald Trump became President Trump, 101 business leaders openly endorsed him — including Louis Sola, founder and CEO of Miami-based yacht brokerage company Evermarine. Sola was hopeful about candidate Trump, but how does he feel about President Trump a week and a half after he moved into the White House? He couldn’t be more thrilled. “He has only a week in office, but what a week! I am very optimistic about his presidency. He is a man of action and clearly in charge. We needed a clear leader, and we have one now who is willing to stand up...
  • Slovenia’s tourism booms thanks in part to Melania Trump

    01/31/2017 5:49:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WDAF-TV ^ | January 31, 2017 | The Associated Press
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — The tiny European nation of Slovenia is undergoing a tourism boom partly because it is the native country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump. The national Statistics Bureau said Tuesday that the number of overnight stays in Slovenia by American tourists has jumped by 10 percent in 2016 when compared to 2015. Nearly 4 million foreign tourists visited the country of 2 million in 2016, up by about 10 percent....
  • Enda Kenny urged to withdraw from St Patrick’s Day meeting with Trump

    01/29/2017 6:04:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 29, 2017
    Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan has called on the Taoiseach to withdraw from his scheduled St Patrick’s Day meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House. Mr Halligan, a member of the Independent Alliance, told The Irish Times it was his personal view Enda Kenny should not travel to Washington for the traditional ceremony where a bowl of shamrock is presented to the president. “Unless he changes his views on issues like immigration, and his attitude to women, we should have as little as possible to do with the president,’’ he added. Mr Halligan said...
  • Dems Assail Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Policies [semi-satire]

    01/29/2017 9:29:26 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) charged that “Trump’s moves against immigrants will make America less safe. If the jihadis were angry before, they’ll surely be enraged by the Administration’s efforts to block their entry in this country. Similarly, what does he expect to happen when he cracks down on sanctuary cities that are trying to keep the feds from deporting the criminals they’ve been shielding? If they fear they can be easily deported they’ll have nothing left to lose and could go on a spree that will increase the carnage in these cities.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) in echo of...
  • Mexican President Vows to Protect Illegals Living in the US [semi-satire]

    01/28/2017 8:29:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Irate that US President Donald Trump “is upending the convivial relationship our two countries enjoyed while Obama held the presidency,” Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto vowed “to do everything in my power to protect the rights of Mexican nationals living in the United States.” Peńa rejected accusations that his stance was hypocritical given Mexico’s harsh treatment of illegal immigrants in his country. “Mexico has a right and an obligation to protect our resources from being consumed by those who have no right to be here,” Peńa insisted. “We are a poor country with too many mouths to feed. The United...
  • VIDEO: Passengers cheer as woman berating Trump supporter is thrown off airplane.

    01/22/2017 2:14:45 PM PST · by Strac6 · 35 replies
    An elderly woman demanded a Donald Trump supporter seated next to her be moved, but she quickly found out that’s not how the world works. Scott Kotesky, in a window seat, posted video on Saturday showing a woman in the middle seat complaining about him to airline personnel. According to Kotesky: Just had the craziest experience ever on an airplane: I’m boarding my flight from Baltimore to Seattle and approach my seat. I had an upgraded seat that I paid a little extra for because of the long 6 hour flight. As I approach my row I smile and motion...
  • Signs showcase Sierra Vista as gateway to Arizona Trail

    01/22/2017 5:55:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    Newly installed signs share Sierra Vista’s status as a gateway to the Arizona Trail, inspiring residents and visitors alike to explore this key outdoor recreation asset that begins at the international border with Mexico and meanders over 800 miles north to Utah. The City recently installed signs at each end of Buffalo Soldier Trail, completing a project initially spurred by Bernie Stalmann, a local resident who is a longtime member of the Arizona Trail Association board of directors. Sierra Vista is the fifth of 33 gateway communities in the state to install these signs provided by the Arizona Trail Association....
  • We’re Out: Black Americans Leaving the Country Before Trump Takes Office

    01/18/2017 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 18, 2017 | Pamela K. Johnson
    As this administration draws to a close, Audrey Edwards is packing as fast as the Obamas. By January 20, Inauguration Day, she'll be nearly 6,000 miles away from Brooklyn not watching the festivities in Paris. A journalist and real estate agent, she first got the idea to leave the US when former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ran for president in 2008. But when Trump rode down that gilded escalator, called Mexicans rapists, and announced his candidacy for Commander-in-Chief, Edwards put friends on notice: "If somebody as crazy as this guy gets in, I'm out of here." She plans to...
  • Skedaddle is Bringing Busloads of Women to March on Washington (Uber for buses)

    01/18/2017 1:23:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Inverse ^ | January 17, 2017 | Dyani Sabin
    The hottest ticket to the Women’s March on Washington is on the bus-sharing startup Skeddadle, which allows people to commission private bus rides and is trying to change the future of long-distance transportation. Most of Skeddadle’s business comes from people scheduling events – going to ski resorts or music festivals for a weekend. It’s a social experience where passengers share rides with people who have similar interests. But Skeddadle sees itself as public transit of the future, and is building towards being the least expensive, most convenient way to get in or out of a city. “The March is amazing...
  • Calling All Texas Deplorables!

    01/17/2017 8:56:46 PM PST · by LesDowrey · 8 replies
    EventBrite ^ | 01/17/2017 | Deploraball 50x
    Calling all Texas Deplorables! Join us for a High Energy night of celebration as we start Making America Great Again! There will be live music featuring the Shane Howard Band! We'll be replaying and reliving the greatest moments from the Campaign! Plus games like; Pin the Tail on the Rosie O'Donnell and Build a Jenga Wall 10 Feet Higher! It'll be a night to remember at the 2017 Texas Deploraball!
  • Irish in America: How do you feel now about Trump?

    01/16/2017 6:42:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 15, 2017
    With just days to go until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America, we want to hear from Irish readers living there about how they feel now about him entering the White House. On the day of the election result, we were inundated with reaction, with the majority expressing shock and dismay. Have your opinions or expectations changed in the months since? What did you think of Mr Trump’s press conference this week? What is the mood like where you live? How do you think his presidency could affect the Irish community in...
  • Obama Orders Cuban Escapees Sent Back [semi-satire]

    01/14/2017 9:22:14 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    In his last week before leaving office, President Barack Obama overturned a 50-year US Government policy of allowing Cuban refugees who reach our shores to remain in the country. In contrast to the "dreamers" that Obama has declared must not be sent back to Mexico even though they entered the United States illegally, Cubans arriving without visas will be expelled. "Refugees from Mexico have a legitimate reason for coming to America," Obama said. "Their country's economy isn't providing sufficient jobs or benefits to support their survival. Cubans don't face this kind of hardship. Their government is dedicated to ensuring social...
  • Trump’s Trillion $$ Infrastructure Investment Could Create 11M Jobs, According to Georgetown

    01/11/2017 7:54:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PR Web ^ | January 11, 2017 | Hilary Strahota
    New analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) finds that President-elect Trump’s 10-year $1 trillion infrastructure proposal could create 11 million jobs, restoring the job growth trajectory derailed by the Great Recession, but also risks overheating the economy. It is not surprising that $1 trillion in spending on infrastructure is certain to have positive employment effects in keeping with standard Keynesian theory. However, the additional spending, in combination with tax cuts and other economic policy shifts proposed by the President-elect, could generate inflation and set the stage for further interest rate hikes. President-elect Trump’s...
  • Universal hiring 1,700 workers for Volcano Bay (Orlando, Florida)

    01/10/2017 12:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WTSP-TV | January 10, 2017 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/florida/universal-hiring-1700-workers-for-volcano-bay/384779760
  • Possible second active shooter at Ft. Lauderdale airport (update: no other shooter)

    01/06/2017 12:27:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Republican ^ | January 6, 2017 | Alban Murtishi
    The Transportation Security Administration tweeted about a possible second active shooter situation at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport. The TSA also announced a shelter in place order for the airport. Earlier today, a shooter, who authorities believe to be a man named Esteban Santiago, shot and killed 5 people and injured eight others, according to MSNBC....
  • Bjorn Nyland Praises The Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    01/02/2017 3:47:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | December 31, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Bjorn Nyland has just posted a glowing review of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Bjorn is a video blogger who has made an international reputation by creating videos about road trips he has taken in his Tesla Model S and Model X. In fact, creating content for this YouTube channel has become nearly a full time job for him. Earlier this year, he won a Tesla Model X in a Tesla referral contest by generating more Model S referrals than anyone else in the European area. Nyland is committed to the electric car lifestyle and is now branching out to cover...
  • Donald Trump dissuades Canadians traveling to United States: Poll

    12/31/2016 12:26:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    India Blooms ^ | December 31, 2016 | Staff
    Toronto, Dec 31 (IBNS): A new poll by Probe Research and the Winnipeg Free Press shows about 29 percent of Manitobans, will avoid travel to the United States after Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017, media reports said. Nearly a third of Manitobans which was about 200,000 people wanted to stay away from U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the poll. "200,000 people, if they were all to follow through on that, that would have a very large impact on the travel, tourism and hospitality businesses," Scott MacKay, president of Winnipeg-based Probe Research Inc. said. This...
  • How Not to Predict the Future

    12/30/2016 4:01:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | October 13, 2016 | Rob Tracinski, editor
    When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot of people really want to be true. What a coincidence. So we take for granted that electric cars are the future, and the internal combustion engine is on the way out. That we're going to power everything with renewable energy, especially solar, and oil is...
  • Anthony Bourdain slams ‘privileged’ liberals for ‘utter contempt’ of working class

    12/30/2016 2:09:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 30, 2016 | Caitlin Dickson
    Celebrity chef and self-described “privileged Eastern liberal” Anthony Bourdain slammed his fellow leftist elites this week, arguing that their disdain for working-class Americans helped create “the upswell of rage and contempt” that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. “The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now,” Bourdain said in an interview with Reason magazine. “I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America,” Bourdain...
  • Camp David ‘a perfect match’ for Donald Trump after Obama snub

    12/29/2016 5:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Of all the perks of the presidency that Barack Obama will miss as he leaves the White House, it’s a good bet that Camp David won’t rank high on the list. Compared with his predecessors, President Obama has spent little downtime over the past eight years at the secluded presidential retreat in the mountains overlooking Thurmont, Maryland. In total, Mr. Obama has visited Camp David 39 times, spanning all or parts of 93 days — barely 3 percent of his two-term tenure. By contrast, President George W. Bush made 149 visits to Camp David in two terms, covering all or...
  • The Latest: Obamas, friends tour Hawaii Islamic arts center

    12/28/2016 11:10:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WAVE-TV ^ | December 28, 2016 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on President Barack Obama family vacation in Hawaii (all times local): 8 p.m. The Obama family along with friends spent an hour late Wednesday afternoon touring a center for Islamic art and culture in Honolulu. The center is in Shangri La - the former mansion of the heiress Doris Duke that overlooks the Pacific Ocean near Diamond Head. The president's brother-in-law, Konrad Ng, is the director of Shangri La. Ng is married to Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and the couple and their family live in Honolulu....
  • The year ahead in automotive trends

    12/27/2016 4:38:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | December 27, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The four mega-trends shaping the global auto industry over the next 15-odd years are undoubtedly vehicles with lower emissions, new powertrain technologies, autonomous automobiles and vehicle digitalization. Reflecting these mega-trends, one can anticipate more developments in lightweighting, drivetrain optimization, car computerization, infotainment and driverless transportation in 2017. Here PlasticsToday gives its take on some of the key developments expected in 2017. Staying connected, and entertained Rather than being interested in the size of the engine and the shape of the car, consumers are now more interested in “infotainment” systems, being connected, autonomous driving and diverse mobility, notes consultant McKinsey. Traditionally,...
  • China Trumps NASA With Working "StarTrek" EM Propulsion Drive --"Testing Now...

    12/25/2016 8:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | December 20, 2016
    Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) claim NASA’s results ‘re-confirm’ what they’d already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites ‘as quickly as possible.’ China claims they’ve created a working prototype of the ‘impossible’ reactionless engine – and they say they’re already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. The radical, fuel-free EmDrive recently stirred up controversy after a paper published by a team of NASA researchers appeared to show they’d successfully built the technology. The implications for this could be huge. For instance, current satellites could be half the size they are...
  • Ivanka Trump Harassed [semi-satire]

    12/24/2016 8:50:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    On-Board a JetBlue plane at JFK Airport in New York City for a planned family vacation in Hawaii, Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka was accosted by another passenger Dan Goldstein, a Brooklyn lawyer. Goldstein's harangue charged Donald Trump with "ruining the country" and Ivanka with "ruining our flight." The "our" referred to his husband Matthew Lasner and their son. Goldstein contended that "people like Trump and his 'spawn' have no business inserting themselves among those who don't want them anywhere near us. She and her kids are a terrifying reminder that the Trump pall could plague the country for generations....
  • Why did Ivanka Trump fly JetBlue? Cost, security, convenience

    12/23/2016 12:37:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | December 23, 2016 | Chelsea Todaro and Mike Stucka
    Why was Ivanka Trump flying on JetBlue? That is a question on everyone’s mind today, a day after the daughter of President-elect Donald Trump was involved in an incident aboard a flight on the low-cost airline from JFK International Airport in New York City. A fellow passenger, whom some media sites identified as Dan Goldstein of Brooklyn, N.Y., was accused of harassing her by saying “Your father is ruining the country.” Goldstein and his husband, identified as Hunter College Professor Matthew Lasner, were removed from the flight and offered a later flight. But Goldstein also reportedly wanted to know why...
  • Witness Describes Ivanka Trump's JetBlue Incident

    12/23/2016 9:12:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    Gothamist ^ | December 23, 2016 | Ben Yakas
    Yesterday, a couple was kicked off a JetBlue flight before it left JFK after they expressed their displeasure with fellow passengers Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Brooklyn lawyer Dan Goldstein and his husband Matthew Lasner, a Hunter College professor, and their child were removed from the San Francisco-bound flight around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. But while TMZ and other outlets initially reported that Goldstein was "screaming" and "out of control" when he confronted Trump, at least one eyewitness had a very different take on the incident. Marc Scheff, who sat in the "next row up from Ivanka," wrote in...
  • JetBlue Passengers Removed From Flight After Harassing Ivanka Trump

    12/22/2016 12:53:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 22, 2016 | Madeline Farber
    Two JetBlue passengers were kicked off a flight Thursday after one reportedly harassed Ivanka Trump. The daughter of President-elect Donald Trump was traveling with her three children when a male passenger "expressed displeasure" about having her on the plane, the Associated Press reports....
  • Fearing Trump Crackdown, "Dreamers" Advised to End Travel

    12/11/2016 11:17:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2016 | Claudia Torrens, The Associated Press
    Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barack Obama, are being warned by some advocates to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Some advocates, lawyers and universities are concerned that Trump might immediately rescind an Obama program that had allowed these young immigrants to work and travel for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes. That could lead, they fear, to some people traveling abroad being barred from re-entering the U.S....
  • SHOULD I SPEND 100 DAYS IN THE CAPITOL?

    12/06/2016 8:29:52 PM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 16 replies
    Retirement dittos! I was just thinking I COULD GO to the confirmation hearings and watch Chuck Yu Schumer and the other girlie-men act out. It would cost but you only live once. Should I wait until Feb. 1 or be there on Jan 21? Would it be better to stay home and watch whatever cspan chooses to broadcast? Talk to me.
  • EEOC Announces New Workplace Regs [semi-satire]

    12/03/2016 11:14:53 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced new workplace regulations requiring employers to accommodate the languages spoken by prospective hires and current employees or “face sanctions including fines and/or revocation of permission to operate.” Oddly, the EEOC cited “the growing diversity of the nation’s workforce as the justification for the new rule.” Under the new regulations requiring employees to speak or understand English is now deemed unlawful discrimination. “Employees have the right to communicate in a language of their own choosing,” EEOC Chairperson Jenny Yang argued. “It is the employer’s responsibility to learn the language of his employees or hire...
  • Obama to Admit Refugees Barred from Entering Australia [semi-satire]

    12/03/2016 8:45:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration has agreed to admit nearly 2500 refugees that the Australian government has refused to allow into their country for "security reasons." The refugees are from terrorism "hot spots" and have been excluded for failing to clear the country's vetting process. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) have complained about the lack of transparency in the President's actions. "In a matter having obvious security implications the President is obliged to consult Congress before agreeing to bring potentially dangerous individuals into the United States," Grassley contended. "The fact that these men were not deemed a good...
  • Senator Desperate to Pass "Lame Duck" Bills [semi-satire]

    12/02/2016 8:20:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has joined with Sen. John McCain (R-Az) to modify the recently passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act (JASTA). This law allows victims of terrorist attacks to sue the governments that provide funding and sanctuary to terrorists. Graham is concerned that "the existing law can come back to bite us. When Congress overrode President Obama's veto they were thinking 'let's make these Muslim governments pay for the damages done by the groups they harbor.' What was overlooked was the possibility that our own government would be made liable for damage done by terrorists armed by the...
  • The Mythology of HOT Lanes

    12/02/2016 2:11:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 27, 2016 | Kevin Posey
    In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker...
  • Ford to become first US automaker to import cars from India

    11/25/2016 2:49:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    India TV News ^ | November 25, 2016
    Despite the fact that Ford Motors is under fire from President-elect Donald Trump for importing cars from Mexico, the company will soon become the first US automaker to import vehicles from India. According to a report in CNN Money, the company has said that EcoSport compact crossover, introduced for the US market at the Los Angeles auto show, will be shipped to US from India starting 2018. The report says that the EcoSport, Ford’s smallest SUV, has been built at its assembly plant in Chennai for more than 100 markets around the world since 2013. About 15 per cent of...
  • Chicago to Remain Sanctuary City [semi-satire]

    11/22/2016 9:34:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | John Semmens
    Calling illegal alien criminal gangs “a time-honored part of our city’s culture,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that “we will remain a sanctuary city regardless of whatever opposition a President Trump might express to our policy.” For his part, President-Elect Trump has pledged to deport or incarcerate the estimated two million illegal aliens in the country who have criminal records. Given that Chicago suffers from dozens of gang-related shootings every month it would seem that removing criminal aliens from the mix might lessen the carnage. Emanuel was having none of this, though, calling the apparent salutary objective of deporting the...
  • Anguished by Trump, Lena Dunham Flees to Posh Arizona Resort, Asks Rocks for ‘Guidance'

    11/17/2016 7:06:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Heat Street ^ | November 16, 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    Woke celeb Lena Dunham sought solace in the Arizona wilderness this week as she works to overcome her post-election anxiety. She posted of photo on Instagram that shows her hiking in a fashionable sports bra and flashing a “true smile” while hiking in exclusive Sedona, Ariz., on Monday. Sedona is home to a number of facilities offering “spiritual retreats,” “vision quests,” and other forms of “emotional healing” adventures. In a note accompanying her Instagram post, Dunham expressed love for her fans and described how she had “whispered some wishes for you into the big red rock” after asking “the Canyon...